He loves our garden, and every time I do a bit of weeding, he is there with the brush and the scoop.
He has developed a great fondness for the big garden brush, and would take it around the garden and even use it right at times.
Of course, then my own work has to be abandoned and you need to supervise him closely. I remember when Sasha was little, he watched me snipping off the dying flowers and then beheaded all the tulips in the garden, and he was very proud of his effort. I had no heart to tell him off, as he clearly thought he helped me.
I have big plans for Eddie. This year we are going to grow tomatoes again, and he will help me to water them, this task will be easy enough for him. We have a water tank, so hopefully there will be enough water for the tomatoes, as there is a threat of a water ban this coming summer. Sasha has always enjoyed watering the garden plants. He would get soaking wet, but so deliriously happy.
Then there is the call of the kitchen and the temptation of all the kitchen utensils and appliances.
Eddie loves watching me cooking, and I let him mix the cake dough or decorate the cookies.
Of course, at times the mixing bowl ends up on the head, Lady Gaga-style, and who is having more fun, Eddie or me when this happens?
As Eddie is too young to handle the electrical appliances, I only let him push the button on the milk shaker and he squeals with delight when it starts the noisy dance.
Is 20 months too young to be helping with the chores? Perhaps. But if the little people see the chores as a fun activity, they will want to join in.